Soldiers' families 'can sue MoD'

The Supreme Court has ruled that relatives of three soldiers killed in Iraq can sue the MoD for damages. The families say it failed to provide them sufficient protection after they were killed by roadside bombs while in lightly armoured Land Rovers.

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Soldiers must be protected from unnecessary harm, says mother

The mother of a soldier killed in Iraq when his snatch Land Rover was blown up says the Ministry of Defence has a duty to protect soldiers from unnecessary harm in battle. Private Philip Hewett from Tamworth died in July 2005.

Susan Smith is among relatives of other soldiers appealing against an earlier court decision which said it was not for judges to determine the rights and wrongs of military decisions in war but a matter for military commanders and politicians.

That view was supported by the Ministry of Defence.

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